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and residents have never seen it like this and hope to never again and we are getting word that the tragedy has spread. zion national park, 50 miles from here, two people confirmed dead according to ksl, out another five unaccounted for lester. >> ron mott there for us. thank you. now to the other disaster in the west. the catastrophic hundreds of people out of their homes in there are a dozen large fires throughout the state but this is by far the most destructive and some who fled are returning to find nothing left. nbc's national correspondent miggalal mig air has the story. >> reporter: 600 homes in middletown, california, are suddenly gone. that is what main street used to look like. now all that is left of the two story apartment complex is two feet of ash. >> it is devastating. i've never seen anything like it. >> the homecoming for chelsea ripley is bittersweet. her house is still
standing, most of her neighborhood is gone. >> it is hard to think that a plot of these people aren't going to be here any more. a lot of the town is gone and it is hard to live in a town where there is no one. >> reporter: this is winnie pugh's home saturday night and this is what it looked like today. >> i'm normally a fighter. but i can't fight any more. >> reporter: the so-called valley fire is still burning. billowing toxic smoke and raining ash into the air. thousands of homes are still in harm's way. these are the tough choices firefighters face. at times letting one another. >> you are basically looking out your windshield and making what structures can you save and what ones >> eight firefighters have lost homes here as they battle to save others. among them, robert taylor, who now lives with most of evacuation center. >> it is very real. it happened to me.
i feel for all of the people. i feel exactly the same way they do. >> reporter: tonight, much of middletown is a disaster zone. it could be several days if not several weeks before most of the public comes home. and this is likely what they will find. there is good news on the fire front. cooler temperatures have slowed the blaze. though it is grown to nearly 70,000 acres. tonight, lester, it is nearly 15% contained. >> miguel almaguer. thank you. hungary has declared a state of crisis on the southern border as it shuts out refugees and mike rants headed north. as we reported from there last night. thousands of men and women and children are on the move and facing tightened borders on europe. they grow more desperate and turning to smugglers for help that carries its own risk. richard engel now. >> reporter: hurng has sealed the southern border, stranding thousands of desperate refugees and migrants. but no fence is going
to keep them out. this morning, soldiers repaired a hole cut overnight. and waiting for those who do get through are smugglers. the government promises to crack down. >> we are trying to step up against human smugglers or ill lelt organized crime and we are going to introduce draconian measures against organized crime. >> like what? >> prison up to ten years. >> reporter: but smuggling is thriving and it didn't take us long to spot the syrian men negotiating with two locals. when they spotted our camera, the smugglers walked away. and the rest of the family emerged from hiding. >> translator: we are scared of the smugglers but we have no choice, he tells us. you can't you can't live in constant fear of death. you have to take risks to arrive at a safe place. we hide our camera in the tal grass by the side of the road and see the family approached by one smuggler after another. this one offers to
take them to the next town over. the price, $100 each. others offer to take them all the way to sweden for $1,000 each. half off for kids. the family can't afford that. so they keep walking. you see them everywhere. men, lingering in their cars. with a cell phone recording in my pocket, i approach one driver. >> if somebody wants to go to germany, can you take? how much? >> how many. >> four or five people, all the way to germany. >> germany? >> yeah. >> then he gets suspicious about my phone. we leave before things escalate but the smuggling continues with no shortage of potential customers. richard engel, nbc news, rusk key, hungary. >> tonight round two of the republican debates is upon us. and it is expected to be explosive. with trump expecting
to be a target and others gaining in the polls. and jeb bush once considered a front-runner is looking for a come back. peter alexander sets the stage. >> reporter: here at the reagan library the battle tomorrow night to win one like the gipper, with trump dominated and bush failing. ben carson closing in and carly fiorina gaining steam. they now boast a majority of republican support. the early establishment favorite bush falling well behind. the race. >> jeb now hovering at 6%. trump has bashed bush as boring. >> i think he is a low energy person. >> reporter: while trump is packing them in by the thousands. bush's crowds are far smaller. underperformed in the first debate and hampered by his last name. he's tried to connect the conservative legacy to reagan's. and reached out to
latinos in spanish. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> reporter: still, with no traction, a republican insider insists bush needs to fight trump. >> he needs to take the fight to donald and take a page out of the donald trump playbook and point out to voters that donald trump isn't ready to be president. >> reporter: bush said this time he'll be ready. >> someone comes at me, bam, i'll come back at them. don't worry about that. >> his fund card is fundraising. more than $100 million in the first year and his superpac with an ad buy. tonight a former adviser tells me bush has to be shorper -- shorter, sharper and more passionate and urging patience saying trumm rise will pass by like a fever or the end of us. the ride to school turned tragic for students in houston when their school bus
plurnged over a pass and two students were killed and a bus driver was injured. police say a car making an unsafe lane change hit the bus. that causes it to veer into and over the guard rail. no charges have been filed but the crash does remain under investigation. a grand jury is now recommending charges against 37 fraternity brothers in the death of a pledge during a hazing ritual. some were accused of delaying help to cover up the crime. and five members face third degree murder charges. we get the story from rehema ellis. >> michael deng, a 19-year-old college freshman, died in a brutal hazing ritual called the glass ceiling. >> you get through a line ever brothers while fraternity members shove and tackle the pledges. >> it happened two years ago at this home in the poconos in pennsylvania. according to court documents. deng, a freshman in new york, was
blindfolded and ordered could carry a backpack carried with 30 pounds of sand across a snow-covered field. repeatedly assaulted and eventually knocked out. sustaining a significant brain injury. instead of calling 911 right away, authorities say fraternity members called the national president. he is one of the 37 indicted. five were charged with third degree murder. today a lawyer for one accused of lesser counts said charging everyone present is not justified and not provable. the college banned the fraternity and suspended all pledging activities. according to one report, there have been more than 60 fraternity related deaths since 2005. what do you think this particular case could mean going forward as far as hazing is concerned. >> that the code of silence will be broken and that there will be charged against everybody, not just one or two people. >> reporter: today michael deng's family
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we're back now to tell you about a power struggle at the top of the world. and the first of a series of special reports, nbc news has spent the past four months traveling to the arctic which in news just announced today has seen the most sea ice melting since nasa began keeping track in 1978. the warming watering are opening up the region and the race to dominate it like never before. cynthia mcfadden has the story. >> reporter: it isn't easy getting to the front lines of the new cold war. a war many think america is losing. the suits are for safety. survival in arctic waters is mere minutes. we're headed 20 miles out to sea. the cutter, alex hallie, patrolling as part of the coast guard mission arctic shield. landing is terrorfying, and thrilling. captain seth denning welcomes us aboard.
with no deepwater pojustrts in the alaska arctic,thhey are at sea for 60 days. >> we left nome. we're in thisiadvicin right here. the rapidly melting ice is bringing new oppo unities and new headaches here. inn cluding more sea traffic. part of the coast guard mission is to scope out who is up here and why. from november until may, ice makes the waters impassable without ice breakers. >> so after october, the hallie is not coming out here. >> no, ma'am. >> the maps are old and incomplete. even open water can be dangerous. >> so you are getting when you are going through here? >> right. north of nome there are a lot of blank spaces. >> melting ice is making the treacherous northwest passage, passable. if it becomes reliable enough for international shipping it could shave thousands of miles off the route of the panama canal, saving 30% of the cost as
well. meanwhile, smaller ships are here in record numbers. but with just two aging ice breakers, the u.s. is largely frozen out of here for nine months. russia on the other hand has 41 ice breaks. many of them nuclear and they are actively building more. the u.s. has none under construction. >> coast guard admiral told me a couple of years ago, this was a ball game, the u.s. wouldn't be in the field, we won't be in the stands, we wouldn't be in the parking lot. we are last. >> you have to gain e attention of the american people. >> retired admiral bob pap is the former commandant of the coast guard. >> sweden has more ice breakers than we do, canada has more ice breakers than we do. >> yes. >> so on the scale of urgent, where is it? >> that is one of the most urgent things we need to do for the arctic. you need to have assured access into your maritime bo aunders. >> u.s. on the right
and russia on the left. >> right. >> passing through the bering strait, a clear reminder of who does have access, the whrussians. >> putin has called the bering strait the next suez canal. they have identified the arctic as a probable place for war in the next comin century over resources. they had immense war gains in may. and when the russians have a war game, w is the opponent? the opponent is nato so the opponent is us. >> reporter: back on the ship. the helicopter we rode in on is grounded it. needs a part that will take two weeks to get here. our onl way off, down the ladder and into the rubber boat. saz navigating the rough and changing waters of the arctic takes on new urgency. president obama recently proposed speeding up the process of acquiring a new ice breaker but we a billion dollar price tag and ten year production schedule,
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some anxious and no doubt scary moments at sea for three teenagers who ran out of oil on their boat, 12 miles off the coast of florida. they had been stranded at sea for several hours with no way to call back to land for help. they had no radio, gps or cell phone. a good samaritan stumbled upon them and called in a tow. pope francis will give 18 speeches during visits to washington, new york and philadelphia. but only four of those speeches will be in english, according to the vatican. he will speak in his
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finally tonight, a story about patience paying off. waiting as they say is the hardest part. but in a state where the barbecue is so good folks camp out for it, a young man can get you to the front of the line is the price is right. here is harry smith. >> reporter: only in texas do they not consider you crazy for getting in line for barbecue at 5:00 in the morning. there is a line every
day at franklins in austin, and at the front every day not in school is desmond waldib. >> is there always a line. >> there is always a line no matter what. there is never a day where there is not a long line. >> the fires burn inside 24/7 and from them come melt in your mouth brisket and ribs you can't live without. but desmond is not here to eat. being first in line is his business. >>t what time do your customers show up. >> 11:00 a.m. normally but i'm having them gu me at 10:50. >> reporter: it is called barbecue fast pass and he has a website. for $100 and up, desmond or one of his pals will hold a place for you. his customer are very impressed. >> he's here at 5:00 in the mornig. that is a lot of time. >> and were that not enough. desmond donated 5% of the proceeds to the local animal shelter because that is where his dog came from. and every week desmond tweets about other animals in need of
adoption. he's placed a dozen so far. wanted, for the future of america, must be ambitious, creative and must have a good heart. he's the kid at the front of the line. harry smith, nbc news, austin. >> and i have one question for him, do you deliver? that will do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt, for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
>> now on "extra." john out to dinner with christie. tiger's exdating britney's ex. all the breaking couple's news today. >> are you still as much in love with her as you were the first day. >> i have to be careful. >> and hillary clinton on kanye for president. >> what advice would you have for him? >> mario's one-on-one, who clinton wants to play her in hillary the movie and why she wants a clinton lopez dinner party. >> then tracy's inside new york fashion week and only we've got lady gaga. >> i'm just happy to be here. >> plus kylie jenner taking on the breast implant rumors.
and nene and kevin hart. the new odd couple? >> he's super short. >> now on "extra" from universal studios hollywood, the entertainment capital of la. hey everyone, welcome to extra. i'm mario lopez. coming up my new interview with hillary clinton and what chelsea banned her from doing. >> coming up, lady gaga in new york fashion week. >> but first today, two surpriseluw hook up headlines. >> are john mellencamp and christie brinkly dating? the two were both dressed down in jeans, christie carrying a
hat and mellencamp following closely behind. we last spied christie solo at a mi5 screening. her date monday? son jack. mellencamp recently broke up with meg ryan after five years together. he's 63, she's 61. they may have met at a party for bill murray only a few weeks ago. another new couple alert. tiger's ex and britney's ex, these are surprise snaps of the two together. charlie and britney broke up in june. >> i'm healthy, happy and everything is going well. >> these two are said to be just frenlds. >> is there a hitch in sofia and joe's getting hitched plans?